Report: Snowden gained security access from co-worker




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Just use a co-worker’s computer.


That is, if you accept anything the NSA says at face value any more.


Or send me your password and I will read the article to you over the phone. We already have your cell number.


Ah, this explains the presence of a large balance scale and a supply of ducks outside the NSA’s sinister black cube during the past week or so…


It’s probably good for their souls to go work somewhere else. I imagine they’re competent and the NSA firing them is basically bullshit. They should be able to find a job somewhere else doing something similar, you’d hope.

The NSA is a corrupt bullshit organisation by the sounds of things. I’ll repost this BBC article looking at the (in)effectiveness of MI5 in the UK.

Classic ones including missing the fact that they employed a paedophile who passed six security vetting procedures, who kept a file card index on over 2000 schoolchildren, and who was also a KGB agent, that even the KGB wanted to dump and therefore dined openly with, in the hope that he’d get spotted.


Except I would think when you get a security clearance, they would go over the bit about not sharing your goddam passwords.


so the next step would be blaming Snowden for lost gov’t jobs? how unpatriotic! (snicker)


“for official use only.”

Yeah, like a press release.


Except, they are only suspected of this and its been quite some time now.
(The real question, before you think of another one, is why they are being so coy in a “for official use only.” document.)


‘They change the password every couple of weeks, but I know where they write it down’


So the real villains here, aside from Snowden, are these two staffers. Who did what they were asked to do by the network admin.

Not, you know, the illegal, unconstitutional agency. Or the guys who authorized making the agency illegal and unconstitutional.

Phew! Glad that’s cleared up!



(U//FOUO//LYCDWYWWTDBWPTOTWHTSYWS) How do you like the fact that, not only do they put the Warning at the top of the memo, but they put it on each paragraph of the memo? What’s next? Putting it before each word of the memo?



It’s actually a somewhat interesting disorder: think of your garden-variety ‘semantic web’ fetishist, who cherishes (overtly or covertly) the belief that machine intelligence and/or Utopia will be possible if only people would put enough metadata tag soup in their documents.

Now, imagine that same semantic web fetishist raised, without the benefit of web technology, in a world of power, secrecy, and paranoia. They don’t use metadata tags, because they still write as though the target is paper rather than parser; but the same instinct goes into devising ever more arcane classification acronyms and splattering them over ever finer chunks of text.

In their ideal world, I assume that everything has a classification, just like in the fine world of Alpha Complex and somehow things don’t grind into insanity.


“Official Use” is what separates patriotic press releases from dangerous, treasonous leaks - just ask Valerie Plame.


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I read that article and kept saying to myself, Jeeesus Fucking Christ. Without looking up the numbers, I can only guess the CIA, DIA, NSA, etc. ad infinitum spend probably 100 times what MI5 and their ilk spend, all of it like a big turd washed down the bowl. It’s shocking and sad to think of how much of American productivity, in the form of tax receipts, goes to support such stupidity and wastefulness.


Nice. I am going to steal that, because it’s fantastic.


They do the same thing with every slide and bullet point in their Powerpoint decks. For an agency whose job it is to collect information, they seem to have piss-poor skills at conveying it.